The Six Principles of Harmony – Sharing Benefits Harmoniously

In ancient times, ordained people led a simple life with one meal a day. They received food donated by people in the village, rested under the trees at night and cultivated constantly. So, the way place was more like a school to educate the local community in Buddhism. Learned and far-sighted people built them with Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony – Experiencing the Inner Pease and Happiness from Practicing Together Harmoniously

This is to savor the Dharma joy. Whichever practice method we choose, the basic achievement we have in our practice is happiness. If we feel unhappy after beginning our practice, we have definitely encountered a serious problem. But the problem does not lie with the Buddha’s teachings. We may have done something that goes against Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony – Not Quarrelling

All of the members who live together need to do so without quarrelling. In this way, they can best concentrate their efforts on cultivation. When people are together, the most frequent act is that of speech, so speech karma is the easiest to commit. We have a proverb, “Illness enters by the mouth.” Another is Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony – Living and Practicing Together Harmoniously

The purpose of establishing a way place is to help everyone achieve in a group practice. It is definitely not to help individuals escape their worldly responsibilities. It is a serious mistake to think this way, especially in the light of all the offering way places receive fro followers and reality that every offering will Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony – Abiding by the Same Precepts

When we live and practice together, we need to have rules and regulations for without them there will be disorder. Needless to say, the rules need to include the five fundamental precepts set by the Buddha. Rules vary for lay sanghas and those at way places. The former conforms to the five fundamental precepts, the Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony – Sharing the Same Viewpoints or Goals

This means mutual understanding or agreement. A group needs to share the same viewpoints of the principles and methods for study and practice. This is the basis for harmonious group cultivation. If a society is to remain stable, its members need to live in harmony. Only harmony can draw us together in terms of opinions, Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony

The Three Conditions are the basis for individual cultivation whereas the Six Principles of Harmony are the basis for group cultivation. The sangha is a group of four or more people who properly practice the Buddha’s teachings together, especially the Six Principles of Harmony. They are: Sharing the same viewpoints or goals, Abiding by the Read More …